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ETSOS Round-up

4th November 2013

Autumn is conference and awards season and so ETSOS has been out and about hobnobbing and networking. We attended the Modern Law awards, the Property Forum dinner and the excellent 360 Legal Group Conference, and as well as seeing many clients – current and future hopefully! – they were also great occasions for taking the pulse of the industry. We certainly felt a buzz this year that’s been largely absent in recent times and while you can always look at the headlining statistics from the banks and the house builders, there’s no surer or more sober judge of market sentiment than the conveyancing sector.

We pick up on that in our own figures published elsewhere in this newsletter and it’s encouraging stuff, a welcome antidote to the rather depressed, flat housing landscape that we’ve had to endure since the crash. We’d like to think that we’re well placed to capitalise on an improving economy, not just through the strength of our product portfolio but also because of our recent investment in our sales and business development capability.

We’re delighted to welcome two new faces to the ETSOS team – sales and marketing director, Paul Coombes, and business development manager Sharon Kelly. You can read about Paul’s appointment here. Sharon will be focusing on law firms in the south, drawing on her conveyancing experience gained with leading property portals Rightmove and Prime Location.


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